Spend Spring Break in Chile: Valdavia, Chiloe and field sites
Application deadline: Jan. 9, 2017
Chile’s diverse ecosystems provide a unique opportunity for students to compare Pacific Northwest ecosystems with their Chilean counterparts. This course builds on a long and rich history of comparative ecology between the US West Coast and Chile that has played a key role in the development of convergent evolution theory, biogeography, and plant ecology. Despite very different biogeographic histories of Northern and Southern hemisphere west coast flora and fauna, these regions support many functionally similar species and ecosystems that reflect broad similarities in climate and geology.
As part of this course, we’ll visit several distinct regions in Chile - Coastal Valdivian temperate rainforest and Andean montane forests, and the unique seascape of Chiloe Island. The group will get-first hand experience in gathering, describing and analyzing data related to forest diversity and health. Special attention will be paid to the role of water in the forest, and the impacts of climate change on Chile’s landscape. The group will visit old-growth native forests, and plantation forests that support Chile’s substantial wood product industry.
The group will be hosted for part of the time by the Universidad Austral de Chile, partner of OSU’s College of Forestry. The inclusion of Chilean faculty and students in this course will give you the opportunity to learn firsthand about both the diversity of Chilean terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and the social and cultural factors that impact them. In the process, you’ll develop friendships and connections with Chilean faculty and students that will influence your subsequent careers and lives.
(includes: lodging, some meals, ground transportation, etc.)
Total Program Cost Estimate: $3,862 (undergraduate) / $4,595 (graduate)